How to make a display:
A display can demonstrate that the tax on food adds up!



Select a combination of foods that people care about. Choose basics, healthy foods. Gather the empty cartons and some fake foods. Maybe you could stuff a bread wrapper so it gives the impression of a loaf of bread. Be sure to include baby food, especially baby formula. Empty containers, sealed back up, can look full and be lighter weight to carry around.

Check the prices, but not unusually low sale prices (because low-income people often do not have the money to take advantage of a great sale.)

Affix the number of pennies, bright, shiny pennies, so they really show up, to each item to show how much tax is required in order for someone to buy that item.

If you are You could attach them to a tray with hot glue.
Put a sign on it: "Pennies Add Up!"
Watch for places to put it where people will see it! Put some info fliers with it.

Suggestions:
A gallon of milk (White carton looks good.)
Baby formula (Ask a parent to save an empty one for you.)
Tuna
A can of stew
Cheese
Canned vegetable
Flour (Empty bag can be stuffed to look full.)
Soup
Apple, orange, banana
A potato or onion
Pasta
Spaghetti sauce


Background:
Ending food tax would be the same as a constant sale on every food item in the grocery cart.

Every percent of food tax is the equivalent of eleven meals per year.

It is absolutely true that the tax is reducing the amount of food for many people in South Dakota that need the food.
"I work hard to provide for my family, but the tax takes food off our table." -Karen, mother of three


3/12/14